Sunday, 14 December 2014

Nanaimo bird report, December 14, 2014


NANAIMO BIRD REPORT “EXPLORE NATURE---GO BIRDING”

To report your sightings phone the Store at 250-390-3669 or e-mail us at
thebackyard@shaw.ca

Please remember, when reporting a sighting, to leave your name and phone
number along with the date, the species and location of your sighting.
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Sunday, December 14, 2014:
The Sunday bird walk went to Neck Point Park in Nanaimo. The morning was
cloudy with calm winds. The highlights included seeing an Ancient Murrelet, two Marbled Murrelet and three Rhinoceros Auklet far off shore. Several flocks of Common Murre, Red-breasted Mergansers and Common Mergansers flew past just above the water. A flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets were feeding in the tall trees just off the trail.

Red-breasted Merganser: Ralph Hocken photo

Eighteen birders saw and heard the following thirty-nine species:
Trumpeter Swan
Mallard
Harlequin Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Bufflehead
Horned Grebe
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Brandt’s Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Black Oystercatcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Common Murre
Ancient Murrelet
Marbled Murrelet
Rhinoceros Auklet
Great Blue Heron
California Gull
Thayer’s Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
Anna’s Hummingbird
Brown Creeper
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Purple Finch
Song Sparrow
Pine Siskin

 

A Townsend’s Warbler was seen along Fairview Drive in North Nanaimo.

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Ralph Hocken photo.

Saturday, December 13:
 A Rough-legged Hawk was seen at the Nanaimo River Estuary in south Nanaimo.

Friday, December 12:
Eight Evening Grosbeaks were seen along Marina Drive in the San Pariel area of Parksville. 

Evening Grosbeak: John Purves Photo.

 

Tuesday, December 09:

The bird walk on December 09, 2014, was cancelled!



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Friday, December 19-- The 13th annual Nanoose Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison@shaw.ca


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Sunday, December 28-- The Nanaimo Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Please contact Rhys Harrison at 248-5305 or rhysharrison@shaw.ca
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Everyone is welcome to join us for a 2-3 hour bird walk on the Sunday and
Tuesday mornings.  We leave from the Store at 9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings and
go to a different location in and around Nanaimo and from the Parksville
Beach Community Park at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and go to different areas in and
around the Oceanside area

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The Tuesday bird walk on December 16, 2014 will be going to Deep Bay. Meet
at the parking lot near the Lions Club Playground in Parksville Community
Park at 9:00 a.m. or at the parking lot at Deep Bay Marina at about 9:35
a.m.

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The Sunday bird walk on December 21, 2014 will be going to the Nanaimo River
Estuary in south Nanaimo. Meet at the Bird Store at 9:00 a.m. or at the end
of Raines Road at about 9:30 a.m.

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British Columbia Rare Bird Alert link--- http://www.bcbirdalert.blogspot.ca/


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WildResearch link---http://www.wildresearch.ca/

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West coast environment link—http://coastaltarsands.ca/w1/videos/
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“READ AN INTERESTING NEW BOOK “

THE SEA AMONG US
THE AMAZING STRAIT OF GEORGIA
RICHARD BEAMISH AND GORDON McFARLANE
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Good birding
Neil Robins

THE BACKYARD WILDBIRD & NATURE STORE
6314 Metral Drive
Nanaimo  B.C.
V9T-2L8
Phone: 250-390-3669
Fax: 250-390-1633
Email:  thebackyard@shaw.ca

Blog:  www.thebirdstore.blogspot.com

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